May 2011

The latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aids, apparel & more

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The V Harness ($150) fits securely around your shoulders, back and chest, and, as its promoters say, it actually forces you to swing with correct fundamentals. How? There are two short bungee cords that connect the harness to an adapter that fits on the butt end of your grip. When it’s fitted properly, the cords are taut and place you in the correct stance. That tension (or lack thereof) gives users instant feedback if they’re swinging correctly or incorrectly. There’s no denying how connected we felt and how easy it was to repeat a sound swing on the course.

Adding weight to a golf club will make you stronger, more flexible and more aware of the swing’s sequence. In the past, folks would either swing two clubs or slip a weighted “donut” on their club. Now TaylorMade is introducing the TR3 Speed Sleeve ($30). The weighted sleeve clips around a club’s shaft and Velcros closed so it fits securely. Once it’s in place, all you have to do is hit balls or stroke putts with it. When we tried it, we not only felt like we were getting stronger, but also got a better sense of the swing’s sequence. If we drifted out of position, we knew it.


The SwingRite ($149) is one of the game’s easiest training aids. Simply swing it and listen for a click when the club is released properly (in the highly desired “impact zone”). Need to work on your swing speed? All you have to do is adjust the head to make it easier or harder to get the “click” sound to happen. Works on swing speeds that range from 55 to 125 mph.

Sway too much during your swing? The PivotPro ($89) can help you stop. Simply clamp your foot into its wedge-like brace (much like a ski boot) and make a swing without bumping into its affixed aluminum rod. It’s designed to help golfers turn their torso against their rear leg and their lead hip toward the target—two ingredients that generate a powerful pivot. Prevents casting and reverse pivots, too. Fits shoe sizes 7 to 14.

Just like its name implies, the T2 Hole Golf Improvement System ($149) was designed to help you play better from the tee to green. The multipurpose training aid teaches you how to align your body on full shots, and grooves your putting whether your stroke is inside to inside, inside to straight or straight-back to straight-through. Available on and

Plop’s new RSVP 2 CSH 1 ($250) is a response to PING’s famous Anser model. Standing for “Center Shafted Hosel,” the CSH 1 features a separately milled hosel and body, rather than one milled piece. This unique “floating” hosel fits the back of the putterhead right where you make contact, and for us, that produced really solid-feeling putts. Comes in 325-, 345- and 375-gram weights, and lengths from 30 to 37 inches. Custom options including LH versions available.
The new, high-resolution, color, touch-screen GolfBuddy World ($299) comes preloaded with 30,000 worldwide courses and with the capacity to hold another 10,000. Features a full layout view of each hole plus an overhead view from tee to green. Want to know the distance to the pin? Touch the screen, zoom in and adjust the pin placement. This Touch Point Technology also provides users with an instant yardage reading from the ball to the green. Other features include a digital scorecard, statistical analysis and rechargeable lithium-ion battery, all in a shock- and water-resistant casing.

Sonocaddie’s new V300+ ($199) comes preloaded with basic icon-based hole layouts for over 16,000 U.S. courses, and again, that’s almost all U.S. courses. It can be used right out of the box with no downloading and no fees. Optional full Layout view is available along with the satellite photos available in two memberships—the Birdie provides 16,000 U.S. color layout and satellite imagery for $29.95 per year, and the Eagle membership gives over 28,000 worldwide layouts and satellite imagery for $49.95.


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